Sunday, 22 August 2010

Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2010 Wrap Up


As the curtain closes on the 2010 Toronto After Dark Film Festival, it's time to take a look back at some of the best and brightest of the 5th instalment of the festival that brings us horror, action, sci-fi and cult, and of course zombie films. I don't usually separate out 'Best' from 'Favourite' films, but this year it's just the plain truth that they aren't the same films so I'm breaking with tradition and having both categories.

Best Film: Heartless

Favourite Film (Tie): Cargo and Rubber

Best Zombie Film: Evil in The Time of Heroes / To kako - Stin epohi ton iroon and this is because it gets +2 for inclusion of Billy Zane

Best Thriller: The Last Exorcism

Best Action: Centurion

Best Comedy: The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu

Best SciFi: Cargo

Scariest Film: Phobia 2 / Ha phraeng

Best Q&A: The Last Exorcism with Eli Roth, Ashley Bell and Patrick Fabian in attendance

Best Shorts: Off Season, Junko's Shamisen, Fireman!, King Chicken, Pleasuredome + previously reviewed shorts Pumzi and Chloe & Attie

Funnest screenings: Rubber had a great audience reaction and was so fun to watch with a crowd

Fullest Screenings: The Last Exorcism, I Spit on Your Grave (2010), Rubber and The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

Icky-ist Imagery: Out of all the crazy things we saw during the 8 days of the festival, I think it's hilarious that the most visceral audience reaction happened during a scene in Centurion that involving eating. But, conceptually you can't get icky-ier than The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

Best Double Bill: A true double nod to film fans: Phobia 2 / Ha phraeng and All About Evil

Happy Surprizes: All About Evil and Black Death really won me over

Still Has Me Thinking: Heartless

Continuing to Win Me Over: The more I think about The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu, the more it wins me over. It might even get me to start reading H.P. Lovecraft.

Wish I hadn't missed: I made it to all the screenings but I wish I made it over to the pub on more nights, sounds like there were lots of fun times.

Best Experience: Getting to meet and interview Eli Roth, Ashley Bell & Patrick Fabian from The Last Exorcism

Themes: demons, geekdom, films about film and/or for film lovers

The Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2010 ran from August 13 - 20, 2010 at the Bloor Cinema, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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